[NO] Shetani Handpaws, Feetpaws, and Leg Sleeves by Brushwolf Creature Studio
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The fit of the feetpaws is comfortable, as they were built on shoes I provided. The fursuit maker completely disregarded my measurements when making the feet, and as a result, the feet themselves are several inches too large. They are front-heavy and disproportionate on me, and I often trip over my own toes. For this reason, they have only been worn for one day at a convention. The cuff is loose and if I wear long pants or leggings, I have to tuck them into the feet, which looks weird.
Despite sending the maker a tracing of my hand, the handpaws are too big on me and flop around if I move too quickly. They’re great for pictures, but the dexterity is lacking and not what I’m used to in fursuits.The wrists, which are elasticized, fit just fine. There is no lining.
All the parts look great on their own, but match neither my character reference nor my existing fursuit, for which they were intended. The color is much too dark. The fronts and backs of the legs are visibly different shades, which I believe may have had to do with rushing on the maker’s part. The hands and feet both look large and disproportionate on me, and seem to have been patterned for a toony fullsuit rather than a realistic partial.
I do like the shape of the feet, they look very realistic and animal-like. The hands look more like what you would expect from a toony style fursuit.
I requested detachable leg sleeves to be added, with the intent of being able to swap them between the Brushwolf paws and my existing fursuit paws. The legs attach to the feet via zippers around the ankle area. I can’t zip the legs on when my feet are in the feetpaws, and require outside assistance to do so. As such, I haven’t worn them publicly and have no photos of them. When zipped onto the matching feet, the look is seamless. The cuffs of the leg sleeves are too wide for me to effectively wear them with my existing paws, and the airbrushing does not match the older paws, so I can’t interchange them as I had hoped. They are held up via two hooks around the top edge which can be attached to suspenders or elastic straps.
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I never saw WIPs of the legs and feet, or another photo of the hands. The day after the fursuit package was shipped, I was sent a finished photo of the legs and feet, in which the front and back of the legs were visibly two different shades. I expressed worry that the fronts of the legs were too dark. Upon arrival, the legs, feet, and hands were all airbrushed a very dark brownish-gold that did not match my fursuit. To my dismay, the backs of the legs – which had no airbrushed shading, just the natural color of the fur I requested they use – were a near-perfect match to the existing fursuit.
A few months later, I was added to a Telegram chat for their clients to receive updates. From then on, all contact was made on Telegram.
We began communication on Twitter DM, then switched to Telegram, both in private messages as well as a group chat for all clients of Brushwolf. In the beginning, they frequently communicated with clients and posted WIP photos in the group chat. This became more sporadic over time. Other clients would post in the group chat inquiring if anyone had heard from them, so I can only imagine they were having the same difficulties as I in getting a response from Brushwolf.
Updates began to slow during March and April, due to health issues Brushwolf kept the group chat abreast of. In late April, Brushwolf asked all clients to contact them privately to either set a commission deadline or request refunds. We had previously discussed my commission being done before Anthrocon 2019, so Brushwolf and I agreed to a hard deadline of June 26th for completion and delivery. In early May, the deadline was amended to June 19th, as I was having doubts about actually receiving my parts in time for the convention. The legs had not been started at this point. A week before the deadline, the feet were still being worked on. On the 17th, I was told my parts would be shipped the following day. Brushwolf offered next-day or 2-day shipping, I forewent the cost of next-day shipping and selected the option for the 20th. I received the package on the 21st.
The parts were shipped via USPS the day before they were due. My deadline was just barely missed. The maker did give a tracking number.
My greatest disappointments with this experience are the maker’s disregard of my measurements and the color specifications, which were agreed upon in our signed contract. Liberties were taken with the design of my character and sizing of the fursuit, for no good reason. If these were things to which they could not adhere, I feel this should have been specified from the beginning.
I remain in contact with some other clients of Brushwolf since the end of my commission experience, and the lack of communication and slowness of work persist. I fully understand that this is due to a series of personal issues outside of the maker’s control, but I feel it’s important for prospective clients to be aware of. Since my transaction with them, they have made a new public Trello that describes at great length the various physical and mental health issues that may affect their work speed.
Brushwolf is a quality maker who does solid and frankly beautiful work. They seem to work best when given a great deal of liberty, both creative and time-wise. Prospective customers may have luck picking up premades from them. However, at this time, I can’t recommend them for custom work, to anyone with a specific character design in mind, or who needs their suit done in a set time frame.
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